Coronavirus: Looking after our wellbeing

We have brought together the latest advice and guidance, including video interviews with some of our clients and our team of experts, sharing their tips on how to look after yourself and others.  


Tips for all of us

talk about worries

Fear, working from home and isolation can be scary. But you are not the only one feeling this way. 

make a plan

Stick to your old routine as much as possible. Keep bedtimes, mealtimes and activities the same.

stay in touch

Make tech work for you! use video calls to keep contact with family, friends and colleagues. 

where do  you stand

Do you understand your work policies around sick pay and your contingency plans? Find out.

Get the right info

Refer to the experts rather than the arm chair keyboard worriers. NHS and GOV.UK.  

take a break

Consider if the constant news updates and social media posts are doing you any good. 

Be active

Get your body moving! We know that exercise and activity can protect against anxiety.

keep you mind active

You CAN teach old dogs new tricks! More connections in the brain protects mental health.

get some fresh air

Spending time outside can improve mood and reduce stress. Open a window or get out in the garden.  

get help

Being worried is natural, but if you are feeling overwhelmed or can't cope, GET HELP.   

Tips for managers

Are your people really at the heart of what you do?  

Do company values still align with those of the employee?  

Take care of the threats, both physical and psychological! 

Give people the opportunity to take care of themselves.  

Forget the strategic management speak. Be real!  

talk about worries

Fear, working from home, isolation, working hours and worklife balance whilst working from home.

make a plan

Make sure people know what is expected of them and how they are expected to work. 

stay in touch

How will you stay connected? How often will you speak to people you line manage? 

KeeP informed

Do staff understand policies around sick pay and your organisations contingency plans?

encourage info

Encourage accurate information and updates via reputable sources like NHS and GOV.UK.  

take a break

Encourage people to take  break from social media. It can be a source of serious stress. 

Promote resources

If you have EAP's or any other wellbeing resources, make sure people know about them.

signpost

If someone is finding it tough, don't wait, signpost to professional advice and support.

Get the latest legal updates from our friends at commercial law firm Freeths

Tips for working from home

talk about worries

Fear, working from home, isolation, working hours and worklife balance whilst working from home.

make a plan

Make sure you know what is expected of you. Have you got what you need to do your job? 

have a workspace

If you can, have an area where you will work (and hope that is doesn’t get covered in lego or biscuit crumbs!) 

stay in touch

Keep in touch using video calls and team platforms like WhatsApp. Make technology work for you. 

be flexible

Accept that working 9-5 probably won’t happen and sort a routine that works for the whole family  

KeeP informed

Do you understand policies around sick pay and your organisations contingency plans?

get the right info

Refer to the experts rather than the arm chair keyboard worriers. NHS and GOV.UK.  

take a break

Technology is great, but don't let it take over! Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Speak to the school

Ask the school what homework and digital learning is available to keep the little ones busy.

signpost

Being worried is natural, but if you are feeling overwhelmed or can't cope, GET HELP.   

Understand your rights with guidance from ManeySaving Expert.com

Tips for parents

How would I know if my child was struggling with anxiety?  

How can I talk to my child about anxiety?

  

talk to your child

Don't be afraid to talk about coronavirus, and you don't need all the answers. Check out the links.

reassure them

Far more people develop less severe symptoms and recover,  than get seriously ill. 

empower them

Talk to them about the things they can do, like washing hands and binning tissues.

KeeP informed

Guidance is changing rapidly. Keep yourself up to date and look after yourself too!

General tips and guidance

Follow medical guidance and advice

Take notice of advice from those qualified to give it, and be mindful of who you listen to. 

don't panic: try to stay calm

There's no doubt this is worrying, but too much worry will do more harm than good.

keep to your normal routine if possible

Stick to your normal wake up and bedtimes, and keep doing the things you enjoy.

take a break from social media and the news

Wall to wall news coverage and social media stories can distort our sense of perspective. 

Did you just fill it with more work?  

How our brains react to change...

Are you stuck in negativity?

What are you looking for? 

What stops you from asking?

Is that nightcap really a good idea?

How to start a conversation...

Resilience can be built!

A wonder drug, free for all!

Social media-friend or foe?

Could this experience help us grow? 

Could caffeine make things worse?

Our team of trainers share their top tips

Emma Greenstein

Open University Mental Health Lead and Counsellor


The signs and symptoms of anxiety  and what we can all do to look after ourselves.

Hugo Metcalfe

Research Psychologist and our digital media and young people specialist.  


Hugo talks us through the affects of pandemics on our behaviour and wellbeing.

Andy Flockton

Occupational Therapist, Clinician and MHFA England  National Trainer 


Andy explores how organisations can support their staff and Mental Health First Aiders.

Hugo Metcalfe

Research Psychologist and our digital media and young people specialist.  


Is social media making things worse? Or can it be a force for good? Hugo shares the research.

Some light reading...

We are updating this page all the time, so make sure you drop back in soon. If you have any specific questions or areas you would like us to cover, please drop us a line. 

From all of us at Oakwood, take care and now more than ever, 

be kind to yourself and eachother.   

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CEO, Next

Terry was an excellent trainer and we came away with a much clearer picture of how mental health issues affect people at work. The training was engaging, accessible, informative, important and mind-broadening. Most of all, the training helped to dispel the stigma and fear of mental health - giving delegates the confidence to recognise some of the symptoms and a desire to do what we can to help people through periods of mental ill-health.

Lord Simon Wolfson CEO, Next
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Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Oakwood have helped Next to embark upon their journey to improve the way those who experience mental ill-health are recognised, heard and helped. From the development of corporate objectives and a Mental Wellbeing Charter to the creation and delivery of a comprehensive training programme and procedures, Oakwood have been incredibly supportive at every stage.

Andy Latham Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next
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Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor, Next

Terry and Oakwood have been working closely with us at Next over the last year to assist in the development of our Mental Health programme. They have delivered senior management Mental Health awareness training and have also worked with some key personnel within Next to develop their knowledge, confidence and delivery in the subject of Mental Health creating our own in house training resource.

Terry is so approachable and personable. He has been incredibly supportive to our team and has help us to set up a great platform on which to build.

Claire Kershaw Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor, Next